Successful career in insurance sales for 10 years, ranked in top 3% nationally in sales volume, earning six-figure income first year in business (straight commission)
Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer/18 years
12 years ago, I applied to one school (OU) and was accepted. I was unable to attend due to life circumstances, death of mother, divorce, etc. Overcoming difficult life circumstances are included in my personal statement.
I was ill during LSAT, explanation for low lsat score included in addenda.
Acceptance from Tulsa came in large white envelope. A visit to the school left good impression.
Letter from St. Mary's stated that my application was still under consideration and that a decision would be made in March or April.
Rejection from OU was hard to take, having been accepted once before and not having been able to attend. I attribute rejection to low LSAT score, which was far under my potential and far under my original LSAT a few years ago..oh, well..it wasn't meant to be. Tulsa seems to be a pretty good school even if nothing else comes together, so I'm thankful for that acceptance.
After receiving the deferral letter from St. Mary's, I sent in a couple of additional letters of recommendation (one from a professor and one from the mother of an autistic teenaged boy that I work with in the area of fitness) the latter of which I have not sent to other schools because I didn't really feel that it spoke to law school ability, etc. On second thought, however, I decided to go ahead and send it..just a little more insight into who I am as a person. Hey at this point, what do I have to lose?
PS: For all of you out there who scored low on your lsat, just remember how many factors went into your performance on that day. I took it 12 years ago with no study, no stress, no worries and aced it. This time, I studied incessantly, worried, stressed and eventually became ill...flopping the lsat altogether. I had a strong sense of urgency due to passing up the chance for law school once and knowing this was probably my last shot. Wow! What an impact it had on my score. I remember literally sitting there, frozen, looking at the test, knowing the answers and not being able to think straight. It was the weirdest thing. I can only compare it to the winter olympic athletes who repeatedly blew their chances for medals due to stress and/or exhaustion. So, keep in mind that even if you need to retest under more calm conditions...do it. I decided to just go with what I had because I didn't want to make things worse by scoring lower, and I knew that my overall sense of anxiety was persisting. I also didn't want to let my husband down. He has been so supportive and wonderful.
Acceptance from Tulsa has been a relief.
3/20/06: Rejection from Tex Wes. Not disappointed, ready to get on with a decision, just waiting on St. Mary's. I really empathize with those of you who blew the top off the lsat and are having to decide between a large number of schools. That is the only silver lining in having scored low...fewer decisions! yeah! Hey, you've gotta look on the bright side, right?
4/3/06: I visited TU's pre-law day over the weekend and was extremely impressed with the faculty, the alumni, and the students. Tulsa is an outstanding city, and the support system for the legal community is fantastic. Still waiting to hear from St. Mary's, then will make a decision.
4/10/06: This is crazy, but it looks as though I am again faced with the dilemma of law school and family. My husband who has been retired for 11 years gets offered a position that he absolutely cannot turn down. His income doubles, and the position is right here in Edmond, OK, 100 miles away from TU. The option of moving into an apartment there is not good because I have an 11 year old, and commuting back and forth on the weekends would be too demanding for everyone involved. My husband could get an apartment here and come there on weekends, but at his age and with a brand new job, I'm concerned about the strain it would put on our family as a whole. My son is currently in the best school system in the state of Oklahoma. If we were all moving to Tulsa as a family, that would be great, and he could go to Jenks or another good Tulsa area school; but as things are playing out--it's looking pretty gloomy about law school once again. How many people are accepted twice in a lifetime to great law schools and don't go either time? I thought this was my last big chance to make this happen. I'm wondering if it is not in God's will for me to attend law school. As you all know, it is difficult enough for a family to adjust to the rigors of law school without throwing the entire balance completely off center by separating the family at a crucial time in my son's life. If there are any mothers out there who know what I'm talking about, please respond with any feedback you might want to share.
I didn't even put SMU on the board because it was such a long shot, actually haven't even been thinking about it, threw away all the info, then I receive a letter today saying I have been chosen as a waitlist candidate, asking me to send in an acknowledgement that I still want to be considered as a candidate for fall 2006. Of course, my situation is so in the air right now. I had to w/draw from UT. I'm just hanging on to see if my husband's job works out, so as a very narrow chance--I went ahead and sent in the letter...just praying for God's will. Who knows? Who would have thought I would even be considered as a waitlist candidate? The have no order of ranking, selection from the waitlist is random, and it's anyone's guess how this might turn out. We'll see.